4 AIADMK MLAs de­cline TTV of­fer of party posts

Team TTV re­leases af­fi­davits filed be­fore EC in sup­port of Sasikala; Jayaku­mar says case be­fore EC

Sunday Express - - NEWS - @ Chen­nai/Madu­rai/Theni

A day af­ter AIADMK deputy gen­eral sec­re­tary TTV Dhi­nakaran an­nounced party po­si­tions for 60 peo­ple in the rul­ing fac­tion, in­clud­ing 20 leg­is­la­tors, four of the MLAs turned down the of­fer. All four said they were happy there was a func­tional gov­ern­ment un­der the lead­er­ship of Edap­padi K Palaniswami, in­di­cat­ing their loy­al­ity to the chief min­is­ter. The four MLAs are A K Bose (Thirup­pa­rankun­dram), Satya Pan­neer­sel­vam (Pan­ruti), K Palani (Sripe­rum­budur) and K Kathirkamu (Periyaku­lam).

From the gov­ern­ment’s side, Rev­enue Min­is­ter R B Udayaku­mar and Fi­nance Min­is­ter D Jayaku­mar made it clear they were firm on keep­ing V K Sasikala’s fam­ily away from party af­fairs. The chief min­is­ter, how­ever, main­tained si­lence.

Udayaku­mar told me­di­a­per­sons in Madu­rai that Dhi­nakaran had no lo­cus standi to an­nounce new of­fice bear­ers as the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion had not recog­nised him as the deputy gen­eral sec­re­tary of the rul­ing fac­tion. He said Dhi­nakaran’s move would only cre­ate con­fu­sion at a time when the Palaniswami gov­ern­ment was func­tion­ing in an ef­fi­cient man­ner.

In Chen­nai, Dhi­nakaran crony P Vetrivel, a leg­is­la­tor, joined is­sue with Udayaku­mar, call­ing him a chameleon who switches loy­al­ties of­ten.

A day af­ter TTV Dhi­nakaran ap­pointed his key sup­port­ers as of­fice­bear­ers in dif­fer­ent ca­pac­i­ties, his sup­port­ers fired salvos at the min­is­ters. With Rev­enue Min­is­ter R B Udayaku­mar and Fi­nance Min­is­ter D Jayaku­mar mak­ing it clear that they were firm on keep­ing V K Sasikala’s fam­ily away from party af­fairs, the TTV sup­port­ers re­leased the af­fi­davits filed be­fore the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion by Udayaku­mar and Jayaku­mar on March 15 ex­press­ing sup­port to Sasikala. How­ever, talk­ing to me­di­a­per­sons at Delhi, Jayaku­mar dis­missed this charge by say­ing that the dis­pute re­gard­ing the va­lid­ity of ap­point­ment of Sasikala was still pend­ing be­fore the EC.

“The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion is yet to give its rul­ing on the dis­pute be­tween the two fac­tions of the AIADMK. But un­til then, we are firm on our stand that we should not de­pen­dent on VK Sasikala and TTV Dhi­nakaran. They have been delinked from the party af­fairs and Amma gov­ern­ment is continuing. So, we are not both­er­ing about oth­ers,” Jayaku­mar said.

Asked about the af­fi­davit filed by him be­fore the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion sup­port­ing VK Sasikala as the party gen­eral sec­re­tary, Jayaku­mar clar­i­fied, “Af­ter the demise of Jay­alalithaa, the gen­eral coun­cil of the party has taken a de­ci­sion. But now, that de­ci­sion is un­der the ex­am­ina- tion of the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion. We will ac­cept what­ever the EC says. But in the in­terim pe­riod, rank and file of the AIADMK and gen­eral pub­lic don’t want their (the fam­ily of Sasikala) pres­ence in the party. So, our aim is the con­tin­u­a­tion of Amma’s rule in Tamil Nadu and will stand by the de­ci­sion we have al­ready taken.”

At Madu­rai, Udayaku­mar ques­tioned the tim­ing of ap­point­ment of new of­fice bear­ers. Stat­ing that though all those ap­pointed by TTV were ef­fi­cient func­tionar­ies, in the his­tory of AIADMK, no one had ever re­jected any post of­fered by the party lead­er­ship. For the first time, such a devel­op­ment has taken place and in the midst of peo­ple, it has be­come the laugh­able mat­ter.”

Mean­while, for­mer Chief Min­is­ter O Pan­neer­sel­vam held dis­cus­sions with his sup­port­ers at his Green­ways Road res­i­dence. Af­ter the meet­ing KP Munusamy, one of the se­nior leader of the AIADMK (Pu­ratchi Tha­laivi Amma) said “We don’t bother about the new ap­point­ments made by Dhi­nakaran be­cause as far as we are con­cerned, he is not an AIADMK func­tionary.”

AK Bose told me­di­a­per­sons that he was not in a po­si­tion to ac­cept the post an­nounced by Dhinkaran due to his health rea­sons. He was ap­pointed as the joint sec­re­tary of farm­ers wing of the party. He fur­ther said the post was an­nounced without con­sult­ing me.

MLA K Kathirkamu said he would not ac­cept the post given by Dhi­nakaran. He said, “I do not pos­sess such po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence whether to sup­port any leader in AIADMK party. I want to serve the peo­ple and wish to ful­fil their de­mands. The present gov­ern­ment led by Edap­padi K Palanisamy is be­ing run smoothly without any prob­lem.”

On the other hand, STK Jakkaiyan, MLA from Cum­bum con­stituency, who has been ap­pointed as one of the or­gan­is­ing sec­re­taries of the party told Ex­press that “there is no hes­i­ta­tion to ac­cept the post since it an­nounced with the con­sent of party gen­eral sec­re­tary VK Sasikala.”

NSKK Arun Ku­mar, who has been ap­pointed as joint sec­re­tary of youth bri­gade told Ex­press that he was pleased to ac­cept the post.

Satya Pan­neer­sel­vam re­jected the post an­nounced by Dhi­nakaran. She said the gov­ern­ment headed by Edap­padi K Palaniswami was func­tion­ing well and she would con­tinue to sup­port him.

ASH­WIN PRASATH

Congress MLA Vi­jayad­harini speak­ing to AIADMK for­mer min­is­ters Paza­haniyap­pan and Senthil Balaji at TTV Di­nakaran’s res­i­dence in Be­sant Na­gar on Satur­day |

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